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Post-Op Spinal Fusion L5-S1



  • Thank you for all your helpful posts, I am 54 years old, had my surgery (L5 S1 Fusion) 3 1/2 weeks ago with 5 small incisions, was up and out of bed 4 hours after surgery and back home the next day. I thought I was going to be feeling much better sooner than I expected, but some days the pain is so bad, I feel like curling into my bed and not moving, but I don’t do so. I had a very bad set back this week. I am a very active person and I was getting frustrated until I read this posts. It has been a long journey and I am glad I found this site. It gives me hope that the pain will go away. I am walking 1 mile every day, and doing my PT exercises, but I think I am doing too much. I realize my surgery was only 3 ½ weeks ago and it is too early compared to what all of you have gone through. I guess I have to slow down and smell the roses! :) Thank you all.
  • I can totally relate and started walking 2-3 miles after 3+ weeks only to realize …
    " What was I thinking? " … so cutting to the chase, don't try to break any records. A mile a day is a great accomplishment after a fusion. You've got time to build. I never went to PT, didn't need it. I'm in excellent shape, 65 years old and have been mistaken for 50. Mother's genes I guess. Even so, it took 6-9 months for me to say, I feel myself again … plus mine being an anterior approach, that cut didn't make life easier!
    Now, I'm back to a normal active life!
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  • I just finished reading your blog. It is fascinating reading and lots of great information. Thanks for doing it.

    Too bad about your tattoo. Did you have it before your accident?

    I am going to have a 4level fusion in two weeks and I am 70 so I expect my recovery will be a lot different. But your great attitude is inspiring and I too have a positive attitude.

    The most discouraging thing for me was the close up pictures of your brace. I was hoping it would have some air vents. Yours looks to be a solid piece of plastic. I will have to wear one for 3 months...all through the summer. Uh la la it is going to be hot and sweaty. I wonder how many inches I can sweat off of my waist ha ha

  • Thanks Barry, that encourages me to not give up. I get frustrarted but I am glad I joined this place.
    I slowed down a little but I am still walking and doing all the good exercises. :) I know it is going to take time,but I want to say I am 100% myself one day! and I know that day will come.
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